You see a lot of pictures of people’s dogs and cats these days. Very often, they’re taken from a standing up position, with the pet sitting below looking up. This might be how you most often see you animal, but it’s pretty boring.
It’ very easy to get a better picture. Let me give you a few tips.
First of all, get down there with your little friend. You’ll get much better images if you’re down at the same level. Also, getting closer is almost always a good tip for any type of photography.
Don’t take just one or two pictures, take a lot. Try different environments, situations and angles. Play around and take a hundred pictures and weed out the bad ones afterwards. I had this little guy running around for half an hour in the backyard and came back with hundreds of images. This is the one i picked out, which caught his happy and playful personality perfectly.
Set up fun situations
Take a look at these pictures of two bengal cats. By letting them play in a cardboard box, i was able to catch a few funny and cute situations.
Make sure you focus on the eyes
Like in any portrait photography, it’s very important that the eyes are in focus. If your camera allows selecting specific focus points, consider using this function to get the focus right where it needs to be.
Black pets take some extra work
A black dog or cat can be tricky when it comes to lighting. You may need to adjust the exposure settings on your camera if your pet fills up the frame, because the camera tries to compensate for the darkness. Also, it may take some post processing to bring out the structure in black fur. Get your pictures into Lightroom and experiment with the exposure, highlight, shadow, blacks, whites and clarity sliders. Also, make sure the picture is sharpened in post processing.
Get the details
Move in close and get a few pictures of those little details, like the paws or the nose.